This year’s awardees include:
Malaka Mohammed Shwaikh is a Palestinian PhD student in Exeter University’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Her research focus is resistance in the prison context. She frequently speaks at international events, and her articles on the Palestinian struggle for freedom have been published in several journals. Malaka is also an award-winning activist, holding several roles (past and present) in the National Union of Students (UK) Executive Committee, and the Sheffield University and Exeter University student unions.
Rebecca Ruth Gould is Professor, Islamic World and Comparative Literature at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the prize for best book by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. Rebecca was awarded the Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship by the Modern Languages Association (2015) and the Charles Schmitt Prize by the International Society for Intellectual History (2015).
Tentative Title: Prison Hunger Strikes as Civil Resistance: A Global Perspective on Political Resistance in Prisons.
Monograph Abstract: This monograph examines six different global contexts wherein prison hunger strikes have been used as a tool of civil resistance, with a specific focus on hunger strikes among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails from 1948 to the present. Drawing on first-hand interviews, archival research, and primary and secondary research in many languages, the authors examine how hunger strikes have generated solidarity among prison populations from Palestine, South Africa, and Northern Ireland to Iran, Turkey, and the United States. They offer an innovative typology for the effectiveness of hunger strikes and other forms of civil resistance across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America that foregrounds the differences and similarities between prison strikes in regimes of occupation and apartheid and within liberal democracies. Addressed to both academics and practitioners, this is the first monograph to offer a comparative account of prison hunger strikes on a global scale, and to incorporate findings from international law, legal anthropology, political theory, and sociology into a broad theory of the capacity of nonviolent civil resistance to bring about measurable political change.